Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
ME/CFS as it’s known.
The World Health Organisation classified ME/CFS as a disease, not a psychological issue, back in the 1960’s but we still know so little about it.
It’s a complex disabling disease affecting the brain, the muscles, and digestive, immune and cardiac systems. About 60,000 people in Australia are housebound or bed bound from ME/CFS. It’s become the forgotten disease, costing the health system in the country $15.5 Billion annually. The health system has failed those who suffer from ME/CFS but one of the leading voices, and advocates, Emerge Australia, represents the patient voice for this disease and it’s speaking up loudly.
Guest: Anne Wilson, CEPO Emerge Australia